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Hiring a remote team in a country as Russia comes with a lot of overhead, such as compliance, local laws, taxes, etc. As a company, you don't want to worry about knowing all the local laws. Instead you want to focus on your remote team and the business. Rivermate's Employer of Record (EOR) solution helps companies hire remote employees in Russia. We take care of global payroll, taxes, benefits, compliance and HR activities. So you can focus on growing your business.

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1. Hire a remote team in Russia with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in Russia, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in Russia effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global Employer of Record (EOR) solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

2. Introduction

Rivermate is a global employment solutions company that provides Employer of Record services in Russia.

As an employer of record, we help you hire employees and run payroll services in Russia, allowing you to avoid the necessity of first establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Russia.

It is not necessary to establish an entity in order to hire an employee. We can hire your employee in any country with a few mouse clicks. Using our Employer of Record solution, you can have full compliance, benefits, and automated payments.

If you wish to hire a remote team in Russia or individually hire remote employees in Russia, Rivermate’s global employer of record services will make sure that the process will be as seamless as possible for you.

Send us a message so we can talk about how Rivermate’s Employer of Record Russia services can best help your company!

3. Hire a remote team in Russia

Russia, with a growing population equal to 1.87% of the global population and thriving research and development sectors, remains a source of thriving job opportunities for both national and international markets. The country spends approximately 422 billion Rubles (RUB) on the development of a sustainable workplace environment for research and development purposes, making it easier to secure jobs in the country.

With the unprecedented pandemic, Russia's overall unemployment rate was estimated to be 6.3% in July 2020. Retail, tourism, health, and education services have all seen a significant drop in quality. However, with their hierarchical and bureaucratic approach, the companies have continued to showcase and maintain adequate workplace protocols while attempting to revive their economic status.

4. Cost of living in Russia

Russia's cost of living is $868, which is 1.07 times less expensive than the global average. Russia ranked 85th out of 197 countries in terms of cost of living and 81st in terms of quality of life.

In Russia, the average after-tax salary is $805 per month, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.9 months.

5. Cost of renting in Russia

Russia has very low living costs. Russia is the second-cheapest country in Eastern Europe to live in. It is less expensive than 86% of the world's countries (59% less expensive than New York and 47% less expensive than Paris). The monthly cost for a single person is estimated to be between 40,000 RUB and 65,000 RUB. However, living expenses in Russia vary by province and are heavily influenced by your lifestyle. According to surveys, Moscow is Europe's most expensive city, followed by St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. The OECD Better Life Index reports show that lifestyle quality and social security have improved over time.

The cost of rent in Russia for a one-bedroom apartment inside the city center is 25,000 RUB.

The cost of rent in Russia for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city center is 16,000 RUB.

The cost of rent in Russia for a three-bedroom apartment inside the city center is 47,000 RUB.

The cost of rent in Russia for a three-bedroom apartment outside the city center.

6. Major industries in Russia

Russia's economy is thriving in the service industries. Real estate, retail, healthcare, marketing, and financial services are all part of it.

Retail is at the top of the leaderboard, with a revenue charge surplus of USD 316.44 billion.

The mining industry has established its dominance among Russia's essential industries. Gold, diamonds, and copper are abundant and greatly assist in meeting the demands of the public sectors.

Oil and gas companies generate 98% of all profits made by large corporations.

The petroleum industry exports crude petroleum, refined petroleum, and petroleum gas on a large scale, accounting for $173 billion of total GDP.

Regardless of strict protocols, the country has a wide exposure to foreign trade and maintains stable relations with customers in China, the Netherlands, Germany, and Turkey.

7. Hiring cost in Russia

Companies should always consider the hiring costs unique to each country. The same is true for Russia. The cost of living in appropriate urban/metropolitan areas of the country is determined by a number of factors, including the average annual expenditure of any employee and the current socio economic condition of specific states or the entire country. It is critical to properly allocate hiring costs on specific domains because these factors will ultimately affect the employee's final in-hand salary.

The factors that highly influence the cost of hiring are:

1. Onboarding expenses: Onboarding is the transition period that any employee must go through in order to become accustomed to their new working environment (like understanding the company mission, culture, values, stakeholders, etc.) It typically lasts for the first 60 to 90 days of employment. A company must allocate the necessary resources to ensure that the employee's transition is as smooth as possible.

2. Training costs: This process is usually combined with the onboarding process to reduce time consumption as much as possible. Experts are hired specifically for this purpose so that new employees can quickly grasp current skills and practices and begin contributing to the company.

3. HR costs: The two expenses listed above usually come after the HR costs. HR costs include expenses incurred as a result of various interview, screening, and recruitment processes. It mainly takes some time to conduct these successfully because there is no room for bias when hiring an employee.

4. Opportunity costs are critical when making any career-related decisions. It is a fundamental concept in economics. The opportunity cost represents the potential benefit or returns of any individual or business that one foregoes by choosing an alternative option. Logically, these are unnoticed costs that are easily overlooked if one is not cautious.

8. Employment laws Russia

When working in a country like Russia, both the employer and the employee must adhere to certain employment regulations. It is critical for your recruitment team to consider these employment laws when hiring in Russia as an employer. But, some laws are specific to certain specific jobs. The Employment Act preserves the balance between the two. The following are the most notable employment regulatory laws in Russia:

- Federal laws and Presidential decrees that apply to certain Russian industries.

- Various governmental regulations issued by concerned executive authorities.

- Regional and municipal regulations working as collective agreements for employees and employers.

- Internal policies and laws with governing bodies at company levels.

9. Top skills Russia

The top sectors that are expected to hire in Russia in 2021 are:

- Chemical and Petrochemical Industry

- Metallurgical Industry

- Agricultural Complex

- Retail and Foreign Trade

- Tourism Industry

English-speaking jobs with large multinational companies include:

- Japan Tobacco International

- EuroChem

- Philip Morris International

- Toyota

- Volkswagen

- Apple

Top Skills City-wise Occupation-wise


- IT

- Business development

- Finance

- Human Resources

- Medical and pharmaceutical

St. Petersburg

- Sales professionals

- Drivers

- Engineers

- Technical specialists


- Metallurgical engineers

- Food processing specialists

- Military aircraft engineers

- Chemical industrial managers


- Business Managers

- Company Developers

- Sales and Marketing Professionals

- Finance and Customer Services Experts


- Tourism Guides

- Translators

- Food Manufacturing Specialists

- Travel and Hospitality Fields

10. Economic landscape in Russia

The average wage supply to workers increased by 1.7% between 2019 and 2020 in agriculture and telecommunications but fell short of the optimal margin in hospitality and commerce. Unfortunately, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the poverty rate increased from 13.1% to 13.3% in the third quarter of 2020, leaving the country in a much worse financial position than before the pandemic.

11. Market size in Russia

Russia has the distinction of having the world's twelfth largest e-commerce market, with a revenue of 24 billion USD in 2020. Advances in future market scenarios and the upgrading of existing markets have paved the way for the potential development of a wide range of job sectors.

12. Minimum wage in Russia

The government minimum wage is 12,792 RUB per month, although it may be higher in certain areas.

13.Why choose Rivermate to hire your remote team in Russia?

Establishing an entity in Russia to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in Russia has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into Russia simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record (EOR) solutions in Russia give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in Russia via our Employer of Record (EOR) / PEO solution.

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